5 things to know for your Tuesday in Indiana

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.

1. Elkhart County gay community keeps low profile

Although Elkhart County's LGBT community flies under the radar, that doesn't mean it's nonexistent

We chatted with three LGBT people living in the area and were told that the state's conservative nature can make self-identifying as gay publicly a little risky.

"There is a mental thing that goes on. Is it safe?" Lynn Young said on the topic. "It's kind of crappy that I should have to."

2. Elkhart's Reschcor named fourth best plastics company to work for

Last week, an Elkhart-based company received national recognition for its stellar work environment.

Plastics News and Best Companies Group ranked Reschcor Inc. the fourth best plastics company to work for on Monday, Feb. 24.

Reschcor makes custom-made plastic extrusions for a wide variety of industries. According to the company's website, it was established in 1982 and employs about 93 people.

3. Federal funds available for traffic signal upgrades in Elkhart County, two cities

The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners has teamed up with the cities of Goshen and Elkhart to apply for grant money that would pay for traffic signal upgrades around the area.

The Michiana Area Council of Governments told the three that $550,000 in federal funds specifically for highway safety improvements is up for grabs. 

4. Elkhart County vote center plan filed with Indiana Election Division

County Clerk Wendy Hudson went to Indianapolis Friday, Feb. 28 to file Elkhart County's vote center plan, bringing the area one step closer to an easier election process

The plan allows for voters to cast their ballots at any one of 25 locations instead of being geographically tied to one. Check out our story to see which vote center would be most convenient for you.

5. Concord Community Schools announces snow day make-up plans

In an effort to make up for its large number of snow days, Concord Community Schools announced Monday, March 3, that students would have longer days starting April 14.

Students will start each day 20 minutes earlier than normal and stay 40 minutes later. 

The decision was made after the district surveyed parents and staff members to get an idea of how to best make up days. Of those who responded to the survey, 59 percent said adding time onto school days was the best option available.

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